As always, the name
SIG is synonymous with quality - and price. This SIG sniper rifle
is no different. It is modeled after the SIG (Schweizerische
550 Assault Rifle, and represents one of only a handful of .223
caliber (5.56mm) sniper rifles worldwide.
In recent years, U.S. law enforcement agencies have
used the .223 AR-15 in their arsenals, oftentimes in conjunction with
another standby, the Remington 700 bolt-action gun in .308
Winchester. At one time, the 7.62x51mm NATO and the .223 were the
caliber of choice for keeping the peace. No more. Slowly but surely,
there has been a move - on the part of law enforcement and
Special Ops - to venture into previously uncharted ballistics
waters by going to less conventional rounds like the .300 Win. Mag.,
the hot, new .338 Lapua, and the always-reliable-out-to-distance .50
But back to the SIG SG550-1 in .223.
This Swiss sniper gun is sleek and svelte and has all
the bells & whistles.
It is a semi-auto, gas-operated rifle with an overall
length of 44 1/2-inches.
That's with the stock extended. Folded, the SG 550 is
an abbreviated 35.7 inches.
The plain-Jane, heavy barrel is 25 inches and change.
It has a sensitive, factory-set double-pull trigger; a
folding bi-pod and a fully adjustable stock. Adjustability is the
name of the game for the SIG SG 550-1.
Pretty much everything about this gun is adjustable,
ergonomically suited to every shooter's needs. The butt plate adjusts
up and down; the butt plate rotates and pulls in and out. The cheek
piece adjusts up and down, and the pistol grip can be moved forward
and backward. And the scope mount moves left, right, forward and
rearward. Personally, I'd rather not have all the gizmo's. Give me a
It's no surprise, with all the accoutrement, the SG
550-1 is heavy - about a dozen pounds.
Add the reliable Hendsoldt 1.5 to 6x42mm telescopic
sight, and the gun is closer to 14 pounds.
The SG 550-1 takes 5-, 20- and 30-round clear,
see-through plastic magazines. Another novel feature: the magazine
well accommodates three magazines affixed side to side. So if SWAT
officers run afoul of a team of ammo-laden bad guys, they can
exchange .223 gunfire all day long.
Whatever happened to the adage: One Shot...One Kill?
Clearly, the Swiss believe in overkill.
Add to that drawback, the SG 550-1 has no flash
This baby comes with a hefty price tag: about $10,000.
Think I'll stick with my Rem. 700.